20mm NTW commercial

Why don’t we have more commercials like this? It has EVERYTHING. A soothing South African voice explaining the features of the rifle. Everything sounds better coming from a British accent, or Morgan Freeman. Then there is the sweet 80’s era rock music. I find it energetic and gets me pumped up watching this video.

Listen up Gun Industry, do more of this.  “And most importantly, Imagination”


Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


  • Jack

    And most importantly….. imagination.

  • Exoskeleton

    I had the honor of having lunch with the designer of the weapon. Humble and a passion for weapons, he is truly inspirational.
    He is also the designer of the Neopup PAW-20 and Neostead shotgun.

  • Lance

    Too bad this never took off.

    • Anton Gray Basson

      Oh it did.

      • DW

        Wish we civvies could help

  • who cares?

    Want…Want… Want… Unfortunately something like this would cost about 30,000 bucks, and the rounds about 50 bucks each. So sad.

    • Sadler

      This one’s *only* $13000, and they sell ammo for ~$10 a shot: http://www.anzioironworks.com/MAG-FED-20MM-RIFLE.htm

      • who cares?

        Friggin’ bargain.

    • BattleshipGrey

      If they were more legally accessible and not classified as “destructive devices” then the cost would be much lower, because demand would be higher.

  • nougabol

    Any country and/or service who officially adopted it ?

    • kev

      South Africa and India have a copy called the Vidhwansak.

  • guest


    When you want to bust APCs as if it’s the battle of Stalingrad.

  • Alex D.

    Alex C, welcome to 2007. I hope you enjoy your stay.

    I’ve noticed you have a habit of stuff that’s about as old as the internet. What’s up with that?

    • Giolli Joker

      He’s Nicholas C, not Alex.
      And a good video remains good even after some years… personally I hadn’t seen it before (although I knew the gun) and I don’t find it a shame to see it here on TFB.

  • Anton Gray Basson

    Woooh South Africa! To answer some questions that people may have, that is a rather fine South African accent doing the commentary and yes it is in use by the SANDF.

  • dp

    The original gun was designed for 20x82mm Mauser, old air-cannon. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denel_NTW-20
    As much as you have too admire it, it kind of begs question – is it worth the punishment? It would almost make sense to get instead Carl Gustav with multiple times of payload. There are other designs in 14.5 among them the most notable is Azerbaijani rifle (probably Soviet originally).

    • Anton Gray Basson

      It has a very effective buffer and muzzle break

      • dp

        All being in straight recoil, something must give. Again, same story – force x time period = impulse. What gets in, gets out. If, as I presume there is hydraulics, it could be somewhat easier.
        Video shows quite brutal back-force.

        • Anton Gray Basson

          Its not that bad, more of a shove than a kick.

          • dp

            Well, you can say that I suppose. If the shooter ended up with broken collar bone, the argument would be invalid of course. All is a matter of relative comfort/discomfort. In combat situation people will put up with almost anything – to the last breath. One of peculiarities of human kind.

    • dp
    • dp

      Another ‘destructive device’ in form od Arash, 20 x 102mm (originally for M60 Vulcan). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5fzPH02owQ

      • gunslinger

        at 23s holy muzzle swipe.

  • TV-PressPass

    That was the greatest six minutes of my life.

  • patrickiv

    I was immediately reminded of the Sniper Rife from the Halo series:


    I love that monopod and barrel nut on the NTW.

    • Nicholas C

      Lots of video game designers draw from real life inspiration.

      • gunslinger

        yup. just a bit easier. it’s already been done. i mean, can you draw up a car that is completely different than existing cars, but still functions?

        • SP mclaughlin

          I think the last sniper rifle unlocked in Titanfall is also based on the NTW-20.

  • BattleshipGrey

    Thanks for posting this. I didn’t know the design was so well thought out. Really wish I could own one.

  • Grootmamba

    • Nicholas C

      Nice TAD Gear shirt!

      • Grootmamba

        Never leave home without a TAD Gear shirt..

    • gunslinger

      indoor range? what’s the sound like in there? how long was it? what kind of backstop?

      • Grootmamba

        Its PMP’s indoor range. They even shoot 105’s in there..that’s a blast

        • abecido

          Motto: “No eardrum will remain unruptured.”

  • gunslinger

    holy late 1980s saturday morning infomercial!!!

  • Julio

    “A man-portable cannon capability in a rifle configuration”

    Who doesn’t want that?

  • I love ridiculous cannons like this. Reminds me of the Lahti L-39 20mm AT rifle from WW2 – a “man-portable” weapon so big it needs two or more men to carry it.

  • Dantheman

    Imagine this with a Tracking Point scope

  • kev

    District 9 featured it 🙂


  • livingonenergydrinks

    Doesn’t Lenny Magill still make videos like that? : )

  • derfelcadarn

    I got to get me one of these !

  • Chris Schmidt

    Holy eye relief, Batman!